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Венерин волос by Михаил Шишкин
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Mar 24, 2012

it was amazing
Read from March 24 to April 01, 2012

Holy shit is this book amazing. I don't think there's any way I can accurately describe it, or explain what this book is *about.* The Q&A sections, the biography of the Russian singer, the story of the interpreter, all relate and reflect off of one another without every coming together to form a complete, singular whole. (At least not in my first reading . . . this is one of those books I want to read again. And again.)

If you don't believe me about the craziness of this, just check out the description Shishkin's agent uses on their website:

'Maiden’s Hair is a kind of book they give Nobel prize for – among many other prizes. Not surprising then that Shishkin earned the National Bestseller award'” – this quote from Bookshelf Magazine is just a small fraction of praise the book has received in Russia, and rightly so. It is a brilliant novel that unquestionably belongs with the greatest works of Russian literature. It’s universal at its core – and not only because the action takes place across countries and historical epochs, virtually destroying boundaries. The whole novel is a metaphor of a resurrection of the soul – through the word. And through love."

Yeah. But seriously, this is going to blow people away when we bring it out this summer.
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Tom Looking forward to it.

message 2: by Theo (new)

Theo Walcott Chad, really looking forward to this. However, one thing -- your cover with the red cross is ok but a bit anodyne. Any chance you'd consider using the cover images / design used on this Russian edition (click link)?

Chad Post Hi Theo--It's not my favorite cover, but with the special paper we're using, it should be pretty cool. And it's actually due back from the printer next week, so it's a bit too late to change . . .

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